A Recommendation Letter (also called a Letter of Recommendation) is exactly what it sounds like: a letter written to provide a recommendation for another person. The person that is the subject of the letter may be applying to a new job or to a new school or it may just be because a personal reference is needed.
There is no specific form for a Letter of Recommendation in the United States, but in general, it is a document which should include positive details about the person being recommended for the job. Normally, a Letter of Recommendation is written by someone who knows the applicant very well and can attest to their personality and skills.
In a Letter of Recommendation, the drafter should make clear that they heartily recommend the subject of the letter for whatever position they are applying.
How to use this document
This document can be used in any situation where someone is requesting a letter of recommendation, whether it is for a new employment, a new academic position, or just a personal reference. This letter will provide background for how the drafter of the letter knows the subject and will then give several options to help write a glowing recommendation.
In this letter, the drafter will be asked details about where the letter is going, as well as their own contact information. Then the drafter will be asked details of their relationship with the subject of the letter, including the year they met and in what capacity. Finally, the drafter will be asked about the subject's best qualities for the recommendation and be given a space to enter additional information as desired.
After this document is filled out, it is a good idea to have it either be printed, signed and mailed or e-signed and then emailed, depending on the needs of the subject. Digital signatures and sending might be more convenient for all parties.
Letters of recommendation in the United States are not subject to any specific laws. It is important, however, to always be truthful and accurate in the recommendation.
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